Summer means a relaxed pace of life, which means more time for the fun stuff. It’s the perfect time to step back from the work and school grind and carve out some quality time with your main squeeze – or family, friends, and kids for that matter. Here, we’ve collected our own bucket list of summer date ideas. Add your own unique twists and make this a summer of good times and strong relationships:
Backyard Campout. Have all the fun without the hassle! Pitch a tent, make s’mores over the grill, and snuggle upwith ghost stories in sleeping bags.
Star Gaze. Drive to the outskirts of town for darker viewing, recline on a blanket, and take in the night sky. Try the Star Tracker app or similar to get smart about constellations in the process.
Restaurant Passport. This one will keep you in dates all summer! You know those local restaurants you’ve wanted to try, but always draw a blank? Brainstorm a list of new eats in your area, and work your way through it – bonus for restaurants with great patio seating.
Shakespeare in the Park. Pack a picnic and head to your nearest Shakespeare in the park venue for a great al fresco outing with a bit of cultural enlightenment thrown into the mix.
Hotel Pool. You don’t have to be an overnight guest to enjoy pool privileges. Many hotels and resorts now offer day pool passes. Investigate the options in your area and enjoy a day poolside, generally for a reasonable fee.
Drive-In Movie. Yes, they still exist! Visit www.drive-ins.com to find one near you, and enjoy a nostalgic date that will take you back to a simpler time.
Road Trip. Embark on a mini journey – find a town you’ve never visited within an hour’s drive of home, and explore.
Outdoor Concert. Summer is outdoor concert season. From free jazz nights at the local art museum to music festivals on an epic scale, there’s one to suit every taste and budget.
Mini Golf. This date will make you feel like a teenager again – not to mention ignite a bit of competitive spirit. Take a look at these unique courses, or hunt the Internet to find one in your area.
Baseball Game. From major league to little league, someone’s playing baseball in your neck of the woods. Go, cheer, and eat a hot dog. It’s America’s pastime – shouldn’t it be yours too, if only for a day?